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'Slashdot' Easter egg in the Opera browser

March 5, 2007

When I visited Opera’s headquarters last week, David Storey mentioned to me an Easter egg in Opera that I hadn’t been aware of previously. (Software-based Easter eggs are hidden, undocumented features or messages in applications)

It turns out that this Slashdot Easter egg has been in Opera for a quite while already. If you type the “slash” and “dot” symbols in the URL bar (i.e. “/.”) and hit enter, it will forward to Slashdot’s website.

Try it yourself.

Step 1: Type the “slash” and “dot” symbols


Step 2: Hit enter; redirects to Slashdot

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  1. Petter
    March 5, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    Gah, sekret information!

  2. March 5, 2007 at 12:26 pm


  3. March 5, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    and //. redirect to opera:drives 🙂

  4. Anonymous Coward
    March 5, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Yes, but does it run Linux?

  5. Fyrd
    March 5, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    Step 1: Add /. easter egg in Opera browser
    Step 2: ???
    Step 3: Profit!

    Seriously though, cool! And here I’d been using my “sd” shortcut like a sucker.

  6. March 5, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    Pierre: Thanks! You learn something new every day!

  7. March 5, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    That’s cool.

    I recently discovered a keyboard shortcut I wasn’t aware of, for a feature I wasn’t aware of. When you press the period (“.”) key, it pops up a little “Find in page” search, and it will find anything you type in. I’m used to the field I always put in the toolbar, but I don’t remember anything about this popup thing…

  8. March 5, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    GT500: That’s a well documented feature, but nice indeed 🙂

  9. March 5, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    This finding need to be slashdotted! 😀

  10. March 5, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    Pierre, nice find that //. redirects to opera:drives. I discovered // (without dot) does the same.

  11. March 5, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    Been using that /. for a while 🙂

  12. March 5, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    I, for one, welcome our new Operatic overlords.

  13. Jonathan
    March 5, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    That’s kinda neat.

  14. March 5, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    It works also on the Wii browser! 🙂

  15. March 5, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    Doesn’t work in Opera for Windows Mobile. 😦

  16. March 5, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    It’d make me laugh to see some Firefox fanboy write an entire extension just so they could get this feature in their favorite browser, too.

    I decided to try this out in Firefox.. I figured they might have it. It just spun its wheels. “I’m sorry, I’m trying to look up http://www…. but I just fail. Here, enjoy my 404 page.”

  17. March 6, 2007 at 1:57 am

    GT500 thanks for the find in page shortcut.

  18. Dante
    March 6, 2007 at 7:39 am

    I suggest adding “♫” for opera.com

  19. March 6, 2007 at 11:27 am

    nice!i like it:D Are they any more ? 😉

  20. March 6, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    @IceArdor: Yeah, that would be funny, considering that you don’t need an extension to make it work in Firefox. Opera isn’t the only browser that lets you assign a nickname to a bookmark (only Firefox calls it a keyword).

  21. March 8, 2007 at 9:32 am

    That’s fine. Are there more eastereggs in Opera?

  22. March 12, 2007 at 6:36 am

    Uuh. I thought Opera just searched Google when you typed something random into the address bar.

    Anyone who can confirm that this is hardcoded into Opera?

    😦 /. on Minefield takes me to file:///

  23. micksam7
    March 12, 2007 at 7:32 am

    I no longer need to manuelly enter slashdot.org into my browser.

    I never really use bookmarks anyways, never manage to get around to transfering them around to my other computers anyways. Thanks to opera for doing it for me. 😀

  24. March 12, 2007 at 11:46 am

    @Svip: Try a Google search for “/.” — it won’t come up with anything. That pretty much confirms that it’s being handled as a special case and not a search.

  25. March 12, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    Opera never seases to amaze me. Greatest browser ever.

    Opera runs great on a Zaurus SL-5500 running OpenZaurus!

  26. Kevin
    March 12, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Greatest browser ever.

    Opera runs great on a Zaurus SL-5500 running OpenZaurus!

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